Saturday: Quest and Enchance at the Jackson Theater
June 4 – Saturday
4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa
7:00 p.m. | $65 | $45 | $25 Reserved seating
Sponsors: Chalk Hill Estate, Roth Winery, North Coast Brewing Cº., Young’s Market Cº
The Saturday concert opens with Quest, founded in 1981. Featuring Dave Liebman (like Billy, a Miles Davis veteran) on saxophones and flute, Quest is a band of contrasts – fire and ice, forest and river. Liebman, a Coltrane acolyte, blends remarkably well with impressionistic pianist Richie Beirach, who cut his teeth with Stan Getz, Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. Bassist Ron McClure – known for his stint in Charles Lloyd’s incredibly popular late-’60s band — is a simmering player who along with Billy’s subtle polyrhythms powers a band of equals.
Reed man David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching nearly fifty years. He has played with masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others; authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz; and finally awarded the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters in 2011.
Richie Beirach is a consistently inventive pianist whose ability to play both free and with lyricism makes him an original. He studied at Berklee and the Manhattan School of Music, and took lessons with Stan Getz, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette. Beirach played electric piano while with Dave Liebman’s Lookout Farm in 1974, and teamed up with Liebman on many occasions (including the early-’80s group Quest).
A resourceful and flexible bassist, Ron McClure has thrived in hard bop, jazz-rock, and free and bebop sessions and bands. One of the finest upper register players on either acoustic or electric, his rhythmic skills are tremendous. McClure has also been an active educator since the early ’70s, teaching at Berklee and Long Island University and doing workshops both nationally and internationally.
Enchance, which released a landmark album of the same name in 1977, consists of a who’s who of great players from the ’70s and ’60s. On Saturday the Enchance lineup will be Hart, the legendary Dave Holland, subtle piano practitioner Craig Taborn (replacing Pullen, RIP), tenor sax star Joshua Redman (replacing his father Dewey, RIP), blazing alto saxophonist Oliver Lake and trumpeter-of-a-thousand-colors Eddie Henderson.
Over the course of a nearly five-decade career, bassist/composer Dave Holland has exemplified evolution in musical form, reinventing his concept and approach with each new project while constantly honing his instantly identifiable voice. Since his professional debut in the mid-1960s, that voice has been heard in a remarkable number of different contexts. From the electric whirlwind of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew-era band to standing alongside legends like Stan Getz, Hank Jones, Roy Haynes, and Sam Rivers to providing early opportunities to now-leading players like Chris Potter, Kevin and Robin Eubanks, or Steve Coleman. He was an original member of Enchance on their 1977 recordings.
Born in Detroit in 1970, pianist Craig Taborn first came to international attention as a member of saxophonist James Carter’s ensembles. By the late 1990s he was playing regularly with Roscoe Mitchell and leading his own groups. In the 2000s he was heard often in Tim Berne’s bands and played with Dave Douglas, Gerald Cleaver and many others. One of the most sought after sidemen and sessioneers, valued for his quick-witted improvising capacity, there is growing awareness among the jazz listening public that he is one of the great pianists of the present moment.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, an original member of Enchance, and dancer Renee Shedroff. Though he considered become a lawyer after graduating from Harvard, he came in first at the 1991 Thelonious Monk competition, landed a recording contract with Warner Bros., and was soon on the cover of most jazz magazines. More recently Redman appeared on the 2011 debut album from the jazz quartet James Farm, which was followed in quick succession by the 2013 orchestral album “Walking Shadows” and his 2014 concert album “Trios Live.”
Jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Eddie Henderson had his first informal lesson on the trumpet at the age of 9 from Louis Armstrong. As a teenager he studied trumpet at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and performed with the San Francisco Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. In 1957, Eddie met Miles Davis for the first time. Davis, a family friend, admired the strikingly beautiful tone and musicality of Henderson’s trumpet playing and encouraged him to pursue a career in music.
Oliver Lake’s breadth of discipline can be traced back to his formative years with the Black Artists Group, the innovative St. Louis collective of musicians, poets, dancers and painters he helped architect over 35 years ago. As a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet, Oliver firmly established himself in the “Loft” jazz scene of the 1970’s in New York City, and he hasn’t stopped since. In 2014, Oliver was honored with what is arguably the greatest recognition of his artistry and vision to date, becoming one of only 19 appointed for the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award, a multi-year grant awarded to American artists in the fields of jazz, theater and dance.